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Susie Garrett (December 29, 1929 – May 24, 2002) was an African American actress of theatre and television, jazz vocalist, and acting teacher. She is best known for playing Betty Johnson on the TV series Punky Brewster.[1][2]

Susie Garrett
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Born(1929-12-29)December 29, 1929
DiedMay 24, 2002(2002-05-24) (aged 72)


Personal lifeEdit

Garrett had an associate's degree in psychology from Shaw College at Detroit. She was the mother of four sons, and the older sister of Marla Gibbs.[1][2] Together, Garrett and Gibbs co-founded the Crossroads Art Academy acting school in Los Angeles.[1]


Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1929, she sang jazz at clubs in the city. She starred in such plays as Dark of the Moon and Shakin' the Mess Out of Misery, and had a small part in the 1989 film Wicked Stepmother.

Aside from Punky Brewster, she has guest starred on The Twilight Zone, My Three Sons, and her sister Marla Gibbs ' TV series The Jeffersons and 227.


Garrett died of cancer at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan, on May 24, 2002, aged 72. She is interred at Woodlawn Cemetery.


  1. ^ a b c "Marla Gibbs Susie Garrett: Two Sisters Star On TV". Jet. December 10, 1984. pp. 60–62. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Kathleen Fearn-Banks (November 15, 2005). Historical Dictionary of African-American Television. Scarecrow Press. p. 155. ISBN 9780810865228. Retrieved February 2, 2017.

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